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Emessay Notes August 2006

MSA Hospital Visitation Program

The name is somewhat misleading . . .it is, without a doubt, one of the finest public relations programs ever undertaken by the Masonic fraternity. The Masonic Service Association of North America deems this program their principal relief work. Much more than merely “visitations” to the disabled and lonely patients in V.A. Hospitals, State Veterans Homes and Extended Care Facilities, it is the rendering of personal services to all our sons and brothers, Masons, and Non-Masons alike, who now need someone to turn to for encouragement and to make life a little more pleasant.

Little things mean a lot; a friendly smile, a warm handclasp, an embrace and a kind word can do as much for those who are lonely and depressed in a hospital or a nursing home as all the medicine that the Doctors can prescribe. The Hospital Visitation Program is a vital part of the Fraternity that deserves your attention and always needs your help.

If you are interested please contact us.


Prudence in Masonry means wisdom; wisdom was anciently a cardinal virtue and the mere changing of the syllables by which it is denominated does not change its nature. It is the wisdom which was meant by the writer of Proverbs, who said, “the heart of the prudent getteth knowledge.”

Freemasonry is a system of wisdom of heart, wisdom of mind, wisdom, if the Mason so wills it, of soul. It is an approach of man to his Creator. It is a looking forward to better days and a looking up to higher things. Its whole structure is aimed at helping a man in the formation of good character. Wisdom is an essential for this, from thinking, rather than from education and teaching. Consider prudence as meaning a wisdom of both heart and mind and it becomes something high and holy and much more impressive than mere precaution, judged by the modern and colloquial meaning of the word prudence . . .Therefore, a man is prudent when he allows wisdom to rule his actions.

Carl H. Claudy (Source: A Treasury of Masonic Thought)

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